Character: Miss G
Director: Jordan Scott
Co-Stars: Juno Temple, Imogen Poots, Maria Valverde, Sinead Cusack
Written by: Ben Court, Caroline Ip, Jordan Scott
Based on: Cracks, a novel by Sheila Kohler
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Set in a boarding school in 1930s England, the film tells the story of a girl’s unhealthy bond with her swimming teacher which is threatened by the arrival of a new, foreign student. Miss G’s obsession for the newcomer destroys the balance in the team and the young girls decide to react.
Eva Green’s Role
Eva plays Miss G, the charismatic swimming teacher who inspires the girls under her with her attitude and her life lessons especially about love and desire. She falls in love with the new, Italian student Fiamma who doesn’t respond to her feelings.
On Cracks and her character Miss G
“This is the best role I’ve ever read. It’s amazing, quite dark.”
On the difference between indie films and blockbuster movies
“The crew is smaller, but that’s great because you become so close. You become a lot closer to the director; it’s a great relationship I have with her.”
Eva’s character Miss G
“The most important thing in life is desire. You can achieve anything you want. The world is yours for the taking. Nothing is impossible for you, my girls. All you need is to desire it.”
“Stop feeling bad for the others. You can’t help being the best.”
“Good for you. Let them put that in their pipes.”
“Girls, we are angels, eagles! To dive is to fly. Set yourself free of the shackles of conformity. Let nothing hold you back except the air itself. You are between heaven and earth. The rules no longer apply.”
“Don’t think. Do!”
Production Trivia & Facts
Has a run time of 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Is a British-Irish-French-Spanish-Swiss co-production.
Cracks is Eva’s first film as the lone lead actor.
Cracks is Eva’s second film with a Scott at the helm of the project. Ridley Scott who directed Eva in Kingdom of Heaven (2005) is the father of Jordan Scott.
Cracks is the first film project that Eva shot in Ireland. This was followed by Camelot (2011) and Penny Dreadful (2014).
The poem that Poppy (played by Imogen Poots) recites in the film is “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Eva did not audition for the role of Miss G. Cracks director Jordan Scott sent Eva a copy of the screenplay. Attached with the screenplay is a letter that says “Can you please have a look and if you’re interested, call me.”
Eva and Juno Temple co-starred twice: Cracks (2009) and Sin City A Dame To Kill For (2014). They did not share any scenes in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
Cracks is the first film where hairstylist Orla Carroll is Eva’s personal on set hairstylist. Orla has been Eva’s personal on set hairstylist ever since.
Jordan Scott is the daughter of Ridley Scott, niece of Tony Scott and sister of Jake Scott. Ridley Scott is among the executive producers of the film and has directed Eva in Kingdom of Heaven (2005).
The story is based on Sheila Kohler’s novel “Cracks”. The novel “Cracks” refers to a different era (1960s) and place (South Africa). The title for the French edition is “Splash”.
Miss G’s costumes were borrowed from the Dior archives. Eva is a close friend of former Dior Creative Director and Designer John Galliano. Eva stated that Galliano was very kind and gracious enough to open the Dior archives for her.
This is the first time Eva and Sinead Cusack worked together. The second will be in Camelot (2011).
Awards & Nominations
Nominated (Golden Frog)
Main Competition – John Mathieson
Irish Film and Television Awards (2010)
Nominated (IFTA Award)
Best Costume Design – Alison Byrne
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2011)
Nominated (WFCC Award)
Best Movie About Women
Critics on Eva Green’s performance
Noel Murray, A.V. Club
“Green plays such a powerful character, influencing her girls with her full, adult sensuality, yet falling to pieces whenever she has to leave school grounds.”
Brian Orndorf, brianorndorf.com
“‘Cracks’ is seductive, but uncomfortably so, guided with a confident sense of poison by Scott, who articulates Miss G’s shifting personality with a cautious touch, establishing elements of lust and madness that create riveting cinema, using Green’s alien screen presence to wonderful effect, locking in on her enormous eyes and unsettling sexual aura. Green’s performance is a welcome change of pace for the actress, but it’s rarely the line readings that articulate Miss G’s motives, with the majority of the picture’s disease captured in reactions and environmental presence, expertly orchestrated by Scott and shot magnificently by John Mathieson.”
Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Daily News
“Miss G holds a certain power over the girls, but when she leaves the school for a simple shopping trip, she completely falls apart. Green (who brings class to Starz’s pulpy “Camelot” as the nefarious Morgan) commands the full spectrum of her character. She’s believable as both the inspiring instructor and the shaken chain-smoker.”
Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
“Directed with a strong hand by Jordan Scott, Ridley Scott’s daughter, the change in era from the novel’s 1960s, gives the film a more dramatic setting. The change also makes the sexual theme of the film more intense. It gives Miss G an elegant and seductive wardrobe. Green, Temple and Valverde are perfectly cast. Temple’s frizzy hair and pug-like face easily telegraphs her insecurity and jealousy.”
Helen O’Hara, Empire Magazine
“Eva Green, always more comfortable as the weirdo than the sex kitten, is perfectly cast as the glamorous schoolteacher who inspires the girls. It’s only gradually that the cracks start to show: a little desperation around the eyes, a sense that she needs their adoration, the realisation that her fashionable clothes are homemade and that her travel stories have something of the Walter Mitty about them. Miss G’s isolation from the other teachers is revealed as less her choice than theirs; her confidence a façade only fit to fool adolescents. As she unravels, so the other imperfections in the clique’s lives become unbearable, and inevitably there are tragic consequences……Green is great, though, in a dark-tinged role that plays to her strengths.”
Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
“Green, whose darting eyes and lingering glances hint at a damaged soul, is particularly strong as Miss G. Here, she gives the kind of mentally ill nut job performance that Helen Bonham Carter excels at.”
Carmen Gray, Total Film
“Played with panache by Eva Green, Miss G inspires crushes in the diving-team girls.”
Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
“Eva Green is perfectly cast as the seemingly otherworldly Miss G who exerts a strange power over the girls….In short, Cracks is a superbly made, emotionally engaging drama that’s worth seeing for the terrific performances from Eva Green, Juno Temple and Maria Valverde.”
Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
“Green proves to be a thoroughly adept diva, giving Miss G so much arch, camp attitude that the screen can barely contain her. She glides through scenes as if she exists on another plane, which is exactly right for the character. So as she becomes naggingly unhinged, Green is allowed to go way over the top.”